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  1. I am still here, Emilio. Just haven't had the need to post anything recently. Thanks for checking up on me.
  2. For your $80K you could have a very nice new diesel crew cab pickup. With essentially every electrical gizmo and all the leather that your Lexus has. Under the Lexus plastic body cladding it's a truck as well. Not like those puny RX's. Have you dropped the hammer on a new Ford Explorer yet? You liking it?
  3. In reference to your middle seat complaint, I assume that you are using the securing straps stored under the seats in the correct way. If you need them even tighter, run the front seats forward a few inches before you hook up the securing straps tightly, and then run the front seats back to their original positions. That will make the straps extra tight so that there will be no more banging and creaking. I know the Lexus strap system isn't elegant, but you can make it work. I find that rolling these straps back up tightly enough to store them in their under seat storage receptacles is way ha
  4. Well, the local dealer got the overtightened wheel lock off and replaced all 4 of them with standard lug nuts. Luckily the flatbed ride to the dealer of 40 miles was covered by Lexus. But, they made up a bit for it by charging almost three times the cost of the replacement lug nuts. That's my dealer's price compared to the on-line price (less shipping) from a Lexus dealer service department in another city near me. So I now have 4 spare lug nuts. I need to check and see if they'll fit the IS-C and replace those locks.
  5. A few months back I bought new tires from my dealer. I'd guess they were put on using an air impact wrench, based on this recent problem. And, remember the LX comes with McGard wheel locks installed. Saturday morning one of my tires was flat. I found a screw in the tread, so I decided to change the tire, and take the flat to the dealer for repair on Monday. I found that all the lug nuts were so tight that I wasn't able to budge any of them with a socket and 3 foot breaker bar. The lug wrench in the vehicle tool kit was worthless. I finally resorted to an electric impact wrench. So, I h
  6. I have had my share of problems with the Lexus Active Height Control system, but my LX's always started. I can't think what AHC problem would cause your LX to fail to start. I'll be very interested in hearing about the resolution of you problem. !Removed! luck!
  7. Eureka! I have discovered a quick and simple way to disable the warning beep. Use a 3/8 inch diameter ring, like the circular end of a large metal screw eye, or a metal ring like those sold in the hardware aisle at Lowes. Using a hacksaw, cut off a segment of the ring. You want a segment about 1/3 of the complete circle of the original ring Push the curved metal segment directly into the latch in the upper rear door. The door thinks it is closing and will grasp the metal segment. Voila! You can drive with both the upper door open and the tailgate down with no warning beep. As I said in my
  8. Yes, I fully appreciate the dangers of possible carbon monoxide inhalation. And I realize the Toyota lawyers and our own government require certain devices be installed to protect us from ourselves and Toyota from lawsuits. But, I use my vehicle almost every day to haul things such as a bale of hay, a bag of horse feed, and assorted pieces of horse equipment like saddles over a dirt driveway that's less than 1/2 mile long. It's easiest to just put these things on the open tailgate without having to lift them completely inside and close the back doors. But the warning beep is annoying, bot
  9. I agree with your wife. I've got 2 old Stubben saddles (Siegfried VSS and Parzifal dressage) that I bought new about 30 years ago and have (almost) always used Stubben saddle soap and Stubben Hamanol leather conditioner on them. Both have miles and hours of hunting and eventing and schooling on them and I can still use them today. I've never tried Hamanol on my cars. My wife doesn't like the smell of Hamanol in the house when I am cleaning up after a weekend on the road, so I recently switched to Renapur conditioner (paraffin vs beeswax) for all my newer tack, and I have used it on both of our
  10. When you open the topic of leather treatment you really get varied opinions. This has been an ongoing topic on a BMW forum I have used for years. As an equestrian, I see it come up related to leather saddles and bridles and boots. To complicate matters there are immersion dyed leathers (like in old Jaguars), surface dyed leathers (BMW, Lexus, GM) plus an array of faux leathers including the venerable naugahyde and the Japanese-invented Porsche-marketed Alcantara synthetic leather. And, what parts of a so-called leather seat in your vehicle are truly animal derived hide, and what parts are petr
  11. Thanks for the positive comments. After 3 months the amp is still going strong. Turnaround time from United Radio was one day. I sent then an e-mail and received info and a prepaid UPS label from them within hours. I dropped off the amp at UPS, and they received it about 36 hours later. Another 8 hours and the tech called me from his work bench - the amp was repaired. Problem was overheating. He shipped the amp back right away, and 2 days later I had received the repaired amp and had it back in the vehicle. Now that is old school one-on-one customer service! When was the last time you actual
  12. I just replaced the Mark Levinson amplifier in my 2013 LX 570, so I thought I'd describe the process. First of all, the amplifier failure results in absolutely no audio from the speakers. No radio, no Sirius XM, no music via bluetooth pairing with your phone, no voice prompts from the navigation system. A DVD will still play, but video only, without sound. The door ajar beep still works, as it has its own speaker. The amplifier is located in a depression in the floor under the driver's seat. It is covered by carpet, which isn't the best engineering for a device that's heat susceptible like an
  13. She's about 250#, 25% the weight of your average horse. Glad I gave you something to smile about.
  14. There are about twenty of them listed on ebay tonight. Here is the least expensive of them.
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